Despite Wigan’s involvement in the FA Cup semi-final, it remains a big day at the foot of the Premier League with Aston Villa looking to drag themselves clear of the bottom three by beating Fulham and both QPR and Reading hoping to avoid slipping further adrift of safety as they tackle Merseyside pair Everton and Liverpool.
Harry Redknapp has had an enormous job on his hands this week, trying to pick his deflated Rangers side up following Wigan’s late leveller at Loftus Road on Sunday and with his beleaguered troops likely to be still smarting from the goal that could prove to be pivotal in their fight against relegation, it’s hard to see them getting anything against the Toffees, BetVictor’s 9/20 favourites.
At the Madejski Stadium, Reading are looking to snap a seven-match losing sequence as they entertain Liverpool but new Royals boss Nigel Adkins is acutely aware that his side need a miracle to stay up and he’s probably secretly already planning for a Championship promotion push next season.
There are few reasons then, to oppose Brendan Rodgers’s troops, especially as they’ve won four of their last six league games and they’re a banker at 1/2 with Coral.
Conversely, Paul Lambert’s Villa can do their own survival chances the power of good by grabbing a maximum haul at the expense of the Cottagers at Villa Park.
The hosts have won three of their last four to inch towards safety and although the visitors are in decent enough shape themselves, Villa have the bit between their teeth and know that this game will really ease the pressure on them. They’re 13/10 courtesy of Betfred to do the business and in-form striker Christian Benteke is an 8/5 chance at BetVictor to get on the scoresheet at any time.
Elsewhere, Arsenal are set to improve their chances of a top four finish by brushing aside Norwich. Skybet price the Gunners at 1/4 to secure a maximum haul and as the Canaries have managed just one win in 15 attempts it could be a comfortable afternoon for the home side, who are 9/5 in Paddy Power’s handicaps, when starting two goals in arrears.
Finally, in the mid-table contest on the south coast, Stan James quote Southampton and West Ham at 13/5 to share the spoils.